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Thread: Info/advice for buying a camera

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    Hi all,
    There are so many beautiful pictures here, it made me wonder what type/brand of cameras folks are using. Since I have an old manual Minolta (25 yrs old), yes with actual film - lol! - it's time I get 'with it' and inquire. What features to look for, since I'm totally ignorant on this topic, I'm guessing there's things that are important, but I haven't the faintest idea what those might be. Are all digital cameras similar, do they cost a small fortune, what do you like/dislike about the one you're using. Thankyou in advance, I know you'll save me a ton of research!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SweetSlumber
    Hi all,
    There are so many beautiful pictures here, it made me wonder what type/brand of cameras folks are using. Since I have an old manual Minolta (25 yrs old), yes with actual film - lol! - it's time I get 'with it' and inquire. What features to look for, since I'm totally ignorant on this topic, I'm guessing there's things that are important, but I haven't the faintest idea what those might be. Are all digital cameras similar, do they cost a small fortune, what do you like/dislike about the one you're using. Thankyou in advance, I know you'll save me a ton of research!
    I have a Kodak digital that my kids got me about 5 years ago and it is wearing out. So for Christmas they got me a Panasonic Lumix. It even takes videos and has 10x zoom. I told my daughter I wanted one for "dummies". I love it.

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    I use a Sony Cyber-Shot. I believe the model I have is under $150 and is fairly simple to use. I love it. I had a Fugifilm digital camera before the sony and I hated it. Good luck finding one that suits you and can't wait to see pics!

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    I got mine (Vivicam) at Walmart a couple of years ago for $80. Works good.

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    I use a fujifilm camera with a 10x optical zoom plus an additional digital zoom, this is my second fujifil camera and I like it a lot. It has internal memory as well as a card slot for additional memory - which you will need. You will either have to get a card reader or make sure that your camera comes with a USB cord so that you can download your pictures onto your computer (if it doesn't have a card reader slot all ready in it). Mine cost approx. $300.00 including tax in 2008 on sale. Just remember to keep out of reach of furbabies, mine got dropped to many times and had to get it repaired. This almost cost as much as a new one but I like it. You need to find one that has a hight# for the optical zoom and also a high# for pixels. These mean that you will get a clearer picture. Also try to find one that has macro for close up shots. this way you can do a close up shot and it also be clear and not fuzzy. Check out ebay or wolf camera for special deals. Good luck in your search.

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    Used to have a Fuji Fine Pix and loved it. Now have a Kodak that we bought from their website. It was refurbished and came with a new warranty. It is awesome. So in the future, we will look at refurbished again.

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    I purchased a Nikon at Target. My criteria was I wanted a camera that used regular batteries so I could purchase them anywhere I was. Not all places have those small, flat batteries. Love it and was only about $100.00.

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    I have a Nikon and I love it. I had a Nikon Cool Pix earlier, a very tiny size one and while it was handy it didn"T have a zoom lens and I really needed that for taking pictures of grandkids playing sports., plus it was so small my old arthritic hands started having problems holding it. Look for one that is held comfortably in your hands, get the highest Mega pixals you can afford and the biggest zoom , plus macro. One that has a USB cord to transfer your pics to the PC, and a rechargeable battery. Oh, mine also will let me take short videos.I think most digital cameras do pretty much the same, cost can vary a lot. but you want to check to see if a can be repaired also if that is needed. My best advice, go to a camera dealer, at a camera store and look at different brands and try them, and have them explained to you.

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    i have a cannon power shot

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    I have a Panasonic Lumix, very very easy camera, takes good pics. DH bought a fancy Nikon digital SLR, and has been spending HOURS on the computer, doing tutorials to learn how to use it. hmmmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharoney
    I have a Panasonic Lumix, very very easy camera, takes good pics. DH bought a fancy Nikon digital SLR, and has been spending HOURS on the computer, doing tutorials to learn how to use it. hmmmm
    I just purchased the same camera (Panasonic Lumix) after reading the reviews on Amazon.

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    I would go to Best buy and just spend some time there and let them know the price range you are willing to spend and they are awesome about explaining things and letting you know what is the best to get for you.
    I have a canon coolpix and it has hd video, rechargeable battery, and I bought a huge memory card for it. I really like it. It's small enough to take anywhere and I really like the quality of pictures.

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    I have Nikon Coolpix, 12.0 mega-pixels, 3.6X zoom, uses AA batteries. Easy Auto Mode. color Red. Less than $100.00
    Easy to transfer pictures to laptop.
    I am very pleased with this camera

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Quote Originally Posted by sharoney
    I have a Panasonic Lumix, very very easy camera, takes good pics. DH bought a fancy Nikon digital SLR, and has been spending HOURS on the computer, doing tutorials to learn how to use it. hmmmm
    I just purchased the same camera (Panasonic Lumix) after reading the reviews on Amazon.
    That's what mine is that the kids got me. I just love it. Holds a charge for a long time, and very easy to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharoney
    I have a Panasonic Lumix, very very easy camera, takes good pics. DH bought a fancy Nikon digital SLR, and has been spending HOURS on the computer, doing tutorials to learn how to use it. hmmmm
    I think he just likes all the technical stuff! I have one of them too, and I am just having to learn which button to push to change the shutter speed and stuff like that. For the most part it is just like a film slr. I am new to the Nikon format having shot with a '60s Pentax-Honeywell that didn't even have a built in light meter! It was my mom & dad's when they got married. I loved that thing, but my mom wanted it back after I had it for 15 yrs!

    Having written all that, I forgot to say that you really need to try them out. Make the salesperson put in a battery for you so you can really see what the pics look like. I chose the Nikon D90 over the Canon T2i because it felt more secure in my hands and you can use old Nikon lenses with it. Not that I have any of those, but it just gave me more options if I wanted to expand. You need something that will catch what you want it to catch and that feels good in your hand.

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    I'm a camera junkie...I have a Nikon D90, Nikon D80, Nikon Cool Pix, Sony CyberShot and the list goes on. If you want something reasonable without changeable lens and with a good zoom I would recommend that you look at the Sony CyberShot. If you want manual/auto with changeable lens, I LOVE my Nikon D90. My son has a Panasonic Lumix and loves it, so you really do need to decide what you want in a camera, go to the store and see how it feels in your hands. My one bit of advice is always buy up a little, I have a habit of buying what I think I want at the time, and then in a couple of months wish I had bought a little more:) Happy hunting.

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    I have a canon power shot. I really like it. Been great so far, eventually I'd love to get an SLR, but can't afford one right now, too busy spending money on quilting stuff. tee hee

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    Thanks everyone for the input, now I have some direction rather than flying blind. As usual you're the best!

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    I have a Canon PowerShot, 14.1 mega pixels. I love it. It has a touch screen, like my cell phone. I take it everywhere I go! :)

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